HUH. A lot has happened since I posted my last blog entry. The highlights:
- We left the Philadelphia area and bought a house in Wakefield, MA!
- The house has an in-law unit, which will be occupied by Drew's mom around the end of August.
- We have a baby on the way, due in early January. Tests indicate that it's a girl & she doesn't have a name yet, so we affectionately call her "The Parasite" or "Katie Jr."
- Last, but not least, there was a trifecta of photo gigs for OnStage Dance Company, which kept me busy for most of July.
...And that last bullet point is the whole point of today's post!
OSDC's season 9 dress rehearsal came up first. (Fun fact: it was the very same weekend we closed on the house, announced my pregnancy, and made the move from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Because sometimes life likes to happen ALL AT ONCE.)
It takes me about 40-45 hours to parse and process the 8,000+ dress rehearsal photos. It's kind of a punishing task, so sometimes there's a little navel gazing about why I love this job as much as I do. The photos below encapsulate two reasons why:
In the first shot, we get to see two ladies having a frickin' BALL. If it looks like you're having a good time, the photo will probably make the final cut. Enough said. The second photo is a technical win: the body language is spot-on, the jump is well timed, and the composition worked out nicely. So when I see a shot like either of these two photos, I imagine giving everyone a high five.
OSDC's evolution took an exciting turn this year when they announced that they were starting OnStage | Repertory. They have their inaugural performances coming up August 21-23 at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA (click through for more info & tickets). They will be joined by "What Is Love?" a personal project from OSDC's executive director, Jennifer Crowell-Kuhnberg.
First up, a moment from the OnStage | Repertory rehearsal shoot (gallery):
The "What Is Love?" shoot was particularly satisfying because the choreography Jen created for it all explores aspects of same-sex relationships. This was the first dance shoot we've collaborated on together that was structured by a theme, which definitely makes brainstorming happen easier. It also doesn't hurt that Jen is always open to ideas—this particular shot was out of everyone's wheelhouse, but I love how it turned out (gallery):
Finally, I was thrilled to design the Repertory/What Is Love? promotional flyer: